The Weekend in Protests: Bucks Lend Support, Woman Spits on Protester

The ninth and 10th consecutive day of protests in Milwaukee were peaceful but for one ugly incident in Shorewood.

Sunday was Milwaukee’s 10th day of protesting against racial injustice and the death of George Floyd.

News reports cited at least seven protests on Saturday and three on Sunday, several with thousands of participants.
All of them were peaceful with the exception of one ugly incident in Shorewood on Saturday afternoon.

Here are a few key takeaways from the weekend.

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BUCKS SHOW SUPPORT:  Milwaukee Bucks players Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sterling Brown, Brook Lopez, Donte DiVincenzo, Frank Mason III and Thanasis Antetokounmpo joined a Saturday march that started at the Mitchell Park Domes. The team also led a march on Sunday, with an estimated 7,500 participants gathering at Fiserv Forum.

WOMAN SPITS IN PROTESTER’S FACE:  At a protest in Shorewood on Saturday afternoon, video was captured a video of a woman spitting in the face of a young protester, allegedly after attempting to block the march with her vehicle. The woman is white; the protester is black. According to WISN 12 News, lawyer Stephanie Rapkin was arrested Saturday on tentative charges of battery and disorderly conduct. She was arrested again on Sunday outside her home when she confronted protesters who had chalked messages on the sidewalk, allegedly pushing a protester in an incident also captured on video. Her tentative charges also include battery to a law enforcement officer and resisting/obstructing an officer for allegedly kneeing an officer in the groin.

Rapkin’s website includes a statement that she “has been named one of the top estate planning attorneys for four years in a row by Milwaukee Magazine.” Rapkin appears to be referencing her Five Star Wealth Manager award  from the research company Five Star Professional, a peer-reviewed honor that Five Star advertises in Milwaukee Magazine and that Rapkin last received in 2013. The award is not an endorsement by Milwaukee Magazine, and on Monday, Five Star told MilMag it had rescinded Rapkin’s awards and will ask her to remove any references to them from her website. “We are deeply saddened and disappointed to learn of Stephanie Rapkin’s recent actions in Milwaukee, and we strongly condemn her behavior,” said Bjorn Piltingsrud, a Five Star vice president.

OTHER PROTESTS:  A Pride and Black Lives Matter march was also held on Sunday afternoon. An estimated 2,000 people gathered in the Historic Third Ward outside the Henry Maier Festival Park and marched toward Walker’s Point. Later in the day, the Accessible March for Black Lives Matter began at Veterans Park, following a flat route accessible to protesters in wheelchairs.

MARCHES WILL CONTINUE:  Several protests already are scheduled for the rest of the week. 

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Elizabeth Johnson is an editorial intern at Milwaukee Magazine and a journalism major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.